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Interview with Kenneth Clarke on Brexit: 'We Can't Carry On Being So Insane'

Interview with Kenneth Clarke on Brexit: 'We Can't Carry On Being So Insane'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2019

In an interview, former British government minister Kenneth Clarke, the longest-serving member of the House of Commons, discusses the destructive force of Brexit and the "fanatics" inside his own Conservative Party, who he believes are still seeking revenge against Margaret Thatcher. Interview Conducted By Jörg Schindler more...

Adieu Jean-Claude: Juncker's Reign Atop the EU Stumbles to a Close

Adieu Jean-Claude: Juncker's Reign Atop the EU Stumbles to a Close

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2019

He has drawn fire for stroking a female colleagues' hair; he stumbled badly during a NATO dinner; right-wing populists have taken aim as European elections approach. How well is European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker really faring? By Peter Müller more...


'More Work to Do': German Economy Prepares for No-Deal Brexit

'More Work to Do': German Economy Prepares for No-Deal Brexit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2019

A no-deal Brexit threatens to have a major impact on the European economy. Companies have long since begun making concrete preparations for an eventuality that is looking increasingly likely. By Tim Bartz, Dinah Deckstein, Simon Hage and Peter Müller more...

Britain's Brexit Dithering: It's Time to Let the UK Go

Britain's Brexit Dithering: It's Time to Let the UK Go

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2019

With this week's vote in parliament, it's clear that the British aren't close to clarifying their future relationship with Europe, or even knowing what they want. It might be best if we let them figure that out on their own, outside the European Union. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Irreconcilable Differences: A Divided Britain Faces a No-Deal Brexit

Irreconcilable Differences: A Divided Britain Faces a No-Deal Brexit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2019

Can Britain still regain control? After weeks of power struggles and an historic parliamentary defeat for the prime minister, it is unclear if the UK can still agree on a Brexit deal. Or whether a no-deal departure has become inevitable. By Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

May's Brexit Debacle: Britain Finally Confronts Reality

May's Brexit Debacle: Britain Finally Confronts Reality

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2019

Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by parliament, it is time for the European Union to concentrate on preparing for a no-deal Brexit. Because a deal with the UK is not currently possible. A Commentary By Markus Becker more...


The Year of Populism: Europe's Right Wing Takes Aim at the EU

The Year of Populism: Europe's Right Wing Takes Aim at the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2019

Right-wing populist parties in Europe have been gaining strength for years. Now, they hope to use European Parliament elections in May as a springboard for gaining greater influence in the EU. Surveys indicate they may be successful. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Yellow Vests Protests: If Macron Fails, Europe Fails

Yellow Vests Protests: If Macron Fails, Europe Fails

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron has tried to calm protesters by raising the minimum wage, among other concessions. But if the yellow vests continue eroding his authority, it's not just France that will suffer. And Germany is partly at fault. A Commentary by Henrik Enderlein more... Comment ]


Opinion: Why There Should Be No Exit from Brexit

Opinion: Why There Should Be No Exit from Brexit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2018

Brexit has plunged British politics into a state of chaos. Will the country now choose to remain in the European Union? The odds of that happening are rising, but it wouldn't be a good idea -- neither for Britain nor for the EU. A Commentary by Markus Becker more... Comment ]

A .38-Caliber Rosary: The Dangerous New Face of Salvini's Italy

A .38-Caliber Rosary: The Dangerous New Face of Salvini's Italy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2018

Shots fired at foreigners, assaults on minorities, neo-fascist marches: Italy's extreme right wing feels emboldened by the country's new leadership. Many are pointing fingers at Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. But is he to blame? By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]